Adonia Review

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Experienced British cruisers know the Adonia and probably its predecessor, the Artemis. The conservative ship attracts a loyal following of affluent British travelers who appreciate country home aesthetics, traditional flavors, and manageable social scenes while cruising to off-the-beaten-track destinations. A happy camaraderie is fostered as a result of the ship’s compact size—a low staff-to-passenger ratio keeps service personalized and attentive; old-fashioned lounges and colorful tartan carpets add to a warm, family-style ambience. Though night owls will rarely be seen on this ship, expect onboard facilities to be buzzing with active seniors (50+) raring to enjoy a full and fun day. Enthusiasm is high on board and on shore with ample choice for keeping entertained and engaged.

With 710 passengers, Adonia is the smallest and newest addition to the P&O fleet, joining the armada in May 2011 as one of three adult-only ships. Expect to run into increasingly familiar faces on the grand staircase, lounges, and restaurants. The European-inspired interior is reminiscent of a refined English country manor. From velour furnishings in burgundy, grey, and hunter green to cherry wood detailing and traditional artwork, passengers will feel comfortable in intimate public rooms. Spacious cabins are outfitted with 21st-century amenities. The ship gets high marks from passengers for friendly service and fine dining. Branded a “pathfinder ship,” Adonia explores ports megaships cannot navigate. Balconies are attached to 75% of cabins, providing memorable rooms with a view.

Originally named the R8 for Renaissance Cruises back in 2001, the Adonia was built at the famed Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyards in France. By 2003, she was sold to the British operator Swan Hellenic, who renamed her the Minerva II. Her parent company, Carnival, then brought her into the Princess Cruise fleet as Royal Princess. Transferred to P&O Cruises in 2009, she received a pricey makeover and then returned for grand sailing in 2011, christened with her current name by the famous Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey.


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